Prime Minister Najib Razak commended his fellow minister Sharizat Jalil for "her decision to sacrifice herself and quit the cabinet for the sake of the government and Umno".
He said there is no proof so far that she had committed any offence" related to the National Feedlot Centre scandal. NFC is run by Sharizat's husband and her children.
Once again, Najib's statement does not give us much confidence in his ability to learn from the past and correct the mistakes. If his government is as professional and accountable as he claims, Sharizat would have been asked to withdraw from the cabinet pending investigation into the alleged scandal.
Unfortunately, several Umno leaders such as Khairy, Nazri and Muhyiddin had tried to defend the NFC executives and blamed the whistle blower. Reactions from these leaders did not help to restore the credibility of Umno and help to convince us that the party, which has been in power for more than half a century, is able to correct its own mistakes.
Najib is thankful to Sharizat for agreeing to step aside after the end of her senator term. If she has any moral fiber as a leader, she should step down for the mismanagement of NFC, a very important project using public money, and apologize on the behalf of her family. It is impossible and almost unbelievable if Sharizat claims no knowledge on how the funds have been abused and misused to invest in properties and other avenues other than what the NFC was mandated to do.
Najib is grateful to Sharizat but we are not and will not feel the same. In fact, I think the Prime Minister sounded lame and ridiculous. How can we expect the Prime Minister to act sternly against any future scandals and cases involving his party's leaders if he continues to behave this way?
Why is MACC still dragging its feet after four months since the scandal broke out? MACC must not be seen as being partial to members of a certain political party.
Najib's gratefulness is a setback to his reform/transformation promises and cancels out his earlier apology. He must remember where he stands. He has a duty to ensure that no one plunders the national coffers.
What sacrifice, Mr Prime Minister? Care to explain? How do you plan to recover back our money?